Deanna Weaver led Broncos with 28 points.

Women's Basketball

Boise State Wins Thriller 75-72 at UNLV

Feb. 22, 2014

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LAS VEGAS, Nev. - Lexie Der's 19 points led Boise State to a thrilling 75-72 road victory at UNLV Saturday afternoon in a Mountain West Conference women's basketball game at Las Vegas. Boise State rallied from six points down in the first half to tie the score at halftime. The Broncos then took control of the back and forth game in the second half taking the lead for good on a Keiahnna Engel old-fashion three-point play with 16:48 to go.

The game remained a single digit game throughout the final 20 minutes of action as Boise State answered every UNLV attempt to rally. The Broncos claimed the big conference road victory over the Lady Rebels despite UNLV out scoring Boise State 29 to seven at the free throw line. The win completes the regular season sweep over the Lady Rebels and improved the Broncos to 15-10 overall and 10-4 in MW play to keep the Blue and Orange in sole possession of second place.

Der kept the Broncos in the contest during the first half scoring 13 of her team-high 19 points in the period. She fouled out of the game with 2:22 left in the contest, but before she left the red-shirt sophomore had hit 9-of-13 field goals with one 3-pointer to go with four rebounds, four assists and one steal in 33 minutes.

Der was one of four Broncos to reach double figure points followed by Deanna Weaver who finished with 14. Weaver hit perhaps the basket of the game to swing momentum towards Boise State late in the contest. With the Broncos leading by three and struggling with a possession as time was running out on the shot clock. The ball was kicked out to Weaver standing near the left sideline where she heaved a 3-point shot at the buzzer that put the Broncos up by six, 64-58. It felt like that shot sucked the wind out of the Lady Rebels who where trying to rally again, they would pull no closer than two points the rest of the way.

Yaiza Rodriguez Ortego was next in scoring with 11 points on 5-of-10 shooting from the floor with one 3-pointer. The freshman added four rebounds, four assists and one steal. Brooke Pahukoa was the fourth Bronco in double digits with 10. On her and sister Brittney's birthday, Brooke hit two 3-pointers to go with five rebounds and two assists.

Miquelle Askew was in early foul trouble and sat most of the first period before scoring all eight of her points in the second half to go with a team-high eight rebounds in the contest. Keiahnna Engel also battled foul trouble before finishing with seven points, four boards and four assists.

Tonishia Childress may have only recorded three points, three rebounds and one assist in the game, but the Las Vegas native brought with her a crowd of around 40 to 50 loud supporters which at times sounded like it was a home game for the Broncos.

Boise State finished the day shooting 43.5 percent (30-of-69) from the floor, 38.1 percent (8-of-21) from beyond the arc and 53.8 percent (7-of-13) from the free-throw line. UNLV countered the Broncos by shooting 38 percent (19-of-50) from the floor, 31.3 percent (5-of-16) from the arc and 80.6 percent (29-of-36) from the charity stripe.

Boise State out rebounded UNLV 42-to-35 including a 21-to-13 margin in offensive boards. Boise State had five offensive boards and three second chance points in the first period, in the final 20 minutes they recorded 16 o-boards and 21 second chance points.

Danielle Miller led four Lady Rebels in double figure scoring with 18 points, followed by Alana Cesarz with 17 and team-high seven rebounds. Mia Bell was close behind with 16 points, while Briana Charles added 10.

The first half was a battle with five lead changes and three ties. Boise State went out to a 12-5 lead four minutes into the game, then watched the Lady Rebels respond. UNLV rolled off a 11-2 run to take a 16-14 lead with midway through the period.

UNLV held onto the lead until late in the half and extended it out to a Lady Rebel game-high six points at 31-25 with 5:20 to go in the period. However, the Broncos regrouped and rallied pulling even at halftime when Childress scored the final three points of the frame on a layup with 20 seconds left and on one of two free throw attempts with less than one second showing on the clock to make the score 38 all at the break.

The second half was just as tight with the Broncos gaining the lead early and never relinquishing it in the final 16 minutes of action. Boise State led by as many as nine points in the second period at 55-46 with just over 12 minutes left. UNLV pulled to within two points late in the game when Danielle Miller hit one of two free throws to make the score 74-72 Boise State with 27 seconds remaining.

Boise State vs UNLV
02/22/14 2:00 pm at Las Vegas, Nev. (Cox Pavilion)


BOISE STATE (15-10, 10-4 MW)
Der, Lexie 9-13 0-0 19; Weaver, Deanna 4-13 3-4 14; RODRIGUEZ, Yaiza 5-10 0-2 11; Pahukoa, Brooke 3-5 2-2 10; Askew, Miquelle 4-10 0-0 8; Engel, Keiahnna 3-9 1-1 7; McDavis, Kenna 1-5 0-0 3; Childress, Tonishia 1-4 1-4 3; Pahukoa, Brittney 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 30-69 7-13 75.

UNLV (10-16, 7-7 MW)
MILLER, Danielle 5-14 7-8 18; CESARZ, Alana 4-9 9-10 17; BELL, Mia 4-12 5-6 16; CHARLES, Briana 1-3 8-9 10; CALLAWAY, Amie 4-6 0-0 9; VERIN, Rejane 1-3 0-0 2; COOK, Jehiah 0-0 0-0 0; BARTEE, Jazmyne 0-0 0-1 0; MODEREGGER, Fredi 0-0 0-2 0; HAYNES, Rmanii 0-2 0-0 0; ANDERSON, Amanda 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 19-50 29-36 72.

Boise State................... 38 37 - 75
UNLV.......................... 38 34 - 72

3-point goals--Boise State 8-21 (Weaver, Deanna 3-6; Pahukoa, Brooke 2-4; Der, Lexie 1-1; RODRIGUEZ, Yaiza 1-3; McDavis, Kenna 1-4; Childress, Tonishia 0-2; Engel, Keiahnna 0-1), UNLV 5-16 (BELL, Mia 3-7; CALLAWAY, Amie 1-1; MILLER, Danielle 1-3; HAYNES, Rmanii 0-1; ANDERSON, Amanda 0-1; CESARZ, Alana 0-3). Fouled out--Boise State-DER, Lexie, UNLV-None. Rebounds--Boise State 42 (Askew, Miquelle 8), UNLV 35 (CESARZ, Alana 7). Assists--Boise State 20 (Engel, Keiahnna 4; RODRIGUEZ, Yaiza 4; Der, Lexie 4), UNLV 11 (HAYNES, Rmanii 6). Total fouls--Boise State 26, UNLV 20. Technical fouls--Boise State-None, UNLV-None. A-988

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